Top 12 EU Biotech Events You Must Attend in 2018

Events are the perfect place to network and to make new deals. But with so many on offer, how do you pick the one to go to? Well, we’ve done the hard yards and have chosen what we think are the top European (and a few US) biotech events to attend in 2018. You’re welcome.

BIO-Europe Spring

What: BIO-Europe Spring is the first of two BIO-Europe events, the other of which is in November. The event is a fantastic opportunity to find out who’s who in the biotech, pharma & finance industry. BIO-Europe Spring is perfect for partnering and networking so make sure you bring a huge stack of business cards!

When: March 12th-14th

Where: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Bonus for you: Because we are partnering for this event, you lovely readers will be in to win some tickets! Watch this space for more info 🙂


What: BioTrinity is another excellent place for networking within the life sciences industry. They pride themselves on their unique access to investors, big pharma, executives and innovative CEO’s of  R&D companies who are hoping to strike a deal.

When: April 23rd-25th

Where: London, UK

Theme: For 2018 the theme is around “Next Generation Healthcare”. Expect keynote and panel discussions on topics such as AI, drug discovery, nanotechnology, next-generation chemistry, and Fintech.


What: BioVaria is a conference for researchers. The goal here is to improve the transfer of research results into application. The top European technology transfer organizations join together to present their most exciting projects to decision makers. A great opportunity to showcase your work to potential investors (and vice versa!)

When: April 23-24th

Where: Munich, Germany

Who attends:  Expect to mingle with academics, technology transfer organizations, investors, and industry representatives from all over Europe.

Bio€quity Europe

What: Bio€quity Europe aims to create a “turf-neutral” event for everyone from the financial, business development and licensing professions. It’s the place to be for financial dealmakers who are looking for investor-validated life science companies.

When: May 14th-16th

Where: Ghent, Belgium

Who: The Presenting Companies are independently chosen based on criteria such as fundraising validation and upcoming milestones. Sounds fair huh?

BIO International Convention

What: It’s a little bit further than a European conference but it’s the 25th anniversary of BIO International! It’s hosted by the Biotechnology Innovation Organization who represents over 1,100 biotech companies, academic institutions, state biotech centers and related organizations across the US and over 30 other nations.

When: June 4th-7th

Where: Boston, USA

What to expect: Heaps of BIO one-on-one partnering meetings, exhibitors, networking receptions, meetups, education sessions, company presentations, with attendees from 76 countries!

Labiotech Refresh!

What: Refresh is the fun and casual way to connect with the biotech community in your area. These are intimate after-work events where you can relax, network, and drink some free beer.

When: Approximately every two months

Where: Refresh events will be held in a different major European city where the biotech industry is hot. To find out when and where the next one will be, subscribe to our Meetup page so you don’t miss out!

Fireside chats: Each event will have two fireside chats with awesome speakers. You can also grab a beer with them after the interview to pick their brain on an interesting topic or just make a new friend.


What: SynBioBeta, unfortunately, is not as close as it was last year but still worth the flight! Here you can meet the pioneers who are applying engineered biology to revolutionize agriculture, medicine, energy, and the production of food, consumer products, chemicals, and materials.

When: 30th September-6th October

Where: San Francisco, USA

Why so long? The actual conference is only the 2nd and 3rd of October but there will be satellite events for the entire week!


What: The 18th Annual Biotech in Europe Forum is another great event for investing and partnering in the biotech and life science industry. It attracts early-stage, pre-IPO, late-stage and public companies with leading investors, analysts, money managers and pharma licensing executives.

When: October 4th-5th

Where: Basel, Switzerland

One-to-one meetings: A bonus of the Forum is its online meeting system which lets you book meetings with all the attendees.

CPhI worldwide

What: CPhI worldwide is one of the largest pharma conferences in Europe. You’ll be able to find every sector of the pharmaceutical market and attend over 150 free industry seminars. Because it’s all under one roof, it’s much easier to see the full scope of the industry and network with a variety of industry professionals.

When: October 9th-11th

Where: Madrid, Spain

Women in Leadership Forum: This forum is about empowering women in pharma. There will be discussions on the goals for increasing workplace diversity and what this actually means for women. #genderequality


What: BIO-Europe is Europe’s largest partnering conference serving the global biotechnology industry. BIO-Europe attracts a wide range of business leaders, including senior executives of leading biotech companies, business development teams from large and midsize pharmaceutical companies, investors and other industry experts. It’s the place to be to find new business partners. Get that stack of business cards ready again!

When: November 5th-7th

Where: Copenhagen, Denmark

What’s so good? The ability to have lots of meaningful one-to-one discussions with people while also being able to get around the exhibit hall.


What: BioFit, with the highest attending rate of academics, TTOs and research institutes, BioFIT is the place where academia-industry collaborations get started. BioFIT has become the meeting point in Europe for tech transfer and for sourcing early-stage innovations stemming from public research institutions, academic spin-offs, and emerging biotech companies.

When: December 4th-5th

Where: Lille, France

What else? This is also the marketplace for seed and Series A investment in Life Sciences. 


What: Genesis is a Life Science & Healthcare conference which aims to give a good visualization of where the sector is headed by engaging all the key elements for those active in R&D, finance, policy-making and service provision across life sciences, digital and health technology fields.

When: December 13th

Where: London, UK

Theme: Driving success in Life Sciences & Healthcare: Convergence of Technology, Investment, and Talent.

There are so many more events going on in 2018 so I strongly advise you to check out our events calendar so you don’t miss out.

Which one(s) will you visit? Any other good events on your agenda? Let us know!

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